LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a fire at a structure in downtown Los Angeles.
The fire was first reported shortly after 8 p.m. at a building in the 900 block of South San Julio Street after heavy smoke was seen pouring out of the roof of the building.
By 8:30 p.m., the fire had been upgraded to a Greater Alarm structure fire with 99 firefighters assigned with heavy flames inside.
Shortly after fire crews arrived, they were forced to take a defensive position due to the deteriorating conditions. According to the fire department, the building was believed to be a fabric business.
Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze by 10:15 p.m. One firefighter sustained a heat-related illness and was taken to a nearby hospital in fair condition.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
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